Gen 3:15                    God’s Gift of the Incarnation                                12/25/2011  

 

#1.            The Incarnation in the Old Testament (Gen 3:15, 49:10, Num 24:17, Deut 18:15-19, 2Sam 7:12-16, 1Chron 5:2, Psalm 2:6-7, 40:7-8, 80:14-19, 89:19,27-29,36-37, Isa 7:14-16, 9:6-7, 11:1-2, 32:1-2, 49:1,5-6, Jer 23:5-6, Mic 5:2-3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2.            The Incarnation in the NT (Matt 1:1,16-18,23, 13:55-56, 22:44-45, Luke 1:26-56, 2:1-21, 24:39, John 1:1-5,14, 7:42, 20:27, Acts 2:30, 3:22, 13:23, Rom 1:3, 8:3, 9:5, 1Cor 15:47, 2Cor 5:16, Gal 3:16, Phil 2:7-8, Col 1:15, 1Tim 3:16, Heb 1:3,6, 2:9,14,16-18, 7:14, 10:5, 1Jo 1:1-3, 4:2-3, 2Jo 7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3.            Conclusion (Luke 1:5,36)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today the whole world celebrates the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, and today is also Sunday, in memory of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. This does not occur very often that Dec 25 falls on Sunday. In fact it occurs only once in seven years. In the past three months I had a man living at my home who was a Judaizer. What is a Judaizer? A Judaizer is not an unconverted Jew, but a Judaizer is someone who claims to be a Christian but he puts the law of Moses up there on the same pedestal as Jesus Christ. In God’s eyes a Judaizer is more of an abomination than an unconverted Jew. And what celebration does the Judaizer hate most? It is Christmas! Would I ever want to join that crowd? No way! I want to stay away from them as far as possible. Therefore I have reversed my stand on Christmas, and I have come to realize that all the furor about Christmas is only about syntax and it is only a language problem. In English the name is Christmas, as if it derives from Roman Catholic tradition. But in Dutch and in German and in French it is a totally different word which is not from Roman Catholic tradition. Does the Bible speak of a celebration and rejoicing at the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ? Indeed, God says that heaven rejoiced when the Lord Jesus was born. And so, today I want to make this sermon a little different from the usual format, and I delight to show all the Scriptures that proclaim the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thus the title of this sermon is God’s Gift of the Incarnation (2X). The Word was made flesh and came to atone for our sins. God the Son took on a human nature, both in body and soul. Our Kinsman-Redeemer was born and was ready to be our Avenger of Blood. The Holy One of Israel came into the world to save us from our sins. Look for the love of God in giving us this great gift. He did not have to do that; He was already infinitely glorious without us, before He created the first speck of dust.

#1.      The Incarnation in the Old Testament (Gen 3:15, 49:10, Num 24:17, Deut 18:15-19, 2Sam 7:12-16, 1Chron 5:2, Psalm 2:6-7, 40:7-8, 80:14-19, 89:19,27-29,36-37, Isa 7:14-16, 9:6-7, 11:1-2, 32:1-2, 49:1,5-6, Jer 23:5-6, Mic 5:2-3)

Gen 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed; He shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.”

Christ shall bruise the head of the serpent, representing Satan. Thus when Antichrist appeared in Rev 13:1 as the beast with seven heads and ten horns, one of his heads was wounded unto death.

Gen 49:10, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the obedience of the people be.”

Judah shall have self-rule until Shiloh has come, and unto Him shall the obedience of the people be. Shiloh means “whose it is.” Shiloh is another name for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Num 24:17, “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.”

No wonder the wise men from the east followed the star. They read this in the scrolls of Judah, and thus they concluded that a king of the Jews has been born in Judaea.

Deut 18:15-19, “15  The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 16  According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17  And the LORD said unto me, They have well-spoken that which they have spoken. 18  I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.”

A Prophet like unto Moses from the midst of thee. But when He speaks, His words shall be greater than those of Moses, and whoever does not listen to Him shall be condemned.

2Sam 7:12-16, Speaking to David: 12  And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13  He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14  I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: 15  But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. 16  And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.”

This prophecy does not refer to Solomon, but it refers to Christ, for the throne of His kingdom shall be established forever. Therefore the house that the Lord Jesus came to set up is the church.

1Chron 5:2, “Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler;”

Psalm 2:6-7, “6  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7  I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”

This is a Messianic Psalm in its entirety. God the Father speaks to God the Son. The day God speaks about was not the day of His birth but the day of His resurrection from the grave.

Psalm 40:7-8, “7  Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, 8  I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”

The Lord Jesus says that He can be found throughout the volume of the Book, referring to the One Book which is the Bible. Christ must be found in all chapters in types and figures.

Psalm 80:14-19, “14  Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this Vine; 15  And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the Son that thou madest strong for thyself. 16  He is burned with fire, He is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance. 17  Let thy hand be upon the Man of thy right hand, upon the Son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself. 18  So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name. 19  Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.”

Apply Psalm 40:7 to this passage, and then we see that the Vine represents the Lord Jesus Christ and the vineyard is the church. The slight difference from the KJV is from the literal translation.

Psalm 89:19,27-29,36-37, “19  Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.” “27  Also I will make him my Firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. 28  My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. 29  His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.” “36  His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. 37  It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.”

This promise to David is not about Solomon, but about Christ. Forever means forever. It applies even after this earth is destroyed and we have entered into the New Heaven and the New Earth.

Isa 7:14-16, “14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 15  Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. 16  For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.”

Isa 9:6-7, “6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”

Isa 11:1-2, “1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;”

Isa 32:1-2, “1  Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. 2  And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.”

Isa 49:1,5-6, “1  Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.” “5  And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.” “And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.”

Jer 23:5-6, “5  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6  In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Mic 5:2-3, “2  But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. 3  Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.”

#2.      The Incarnation in the NT (Matt 1:1,16-18,23, 13:55-56, 22:44-45, Luke 1:26-56, 2:1-21, 24:39, John 1:1-5,14, 7:42, 20:27, Acts 2:30, 3:22, 13:23, Rom 1:3, 8:3, 9:5, 1Cor 15:47, 2Cor 5:16, Gal 3:16, Phil 2:7-8, Col 1:15, 1Tim 3:16, Heb 1:3,6, 2:9,14,16-18, 7:14, 10:5, 1Jo 1:1-3, 4:2-3, 2Jo 7)

Matt 1:1,16-18,23, “1  The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” “16  And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. 17  So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. 18  Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” “23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

Matt 13:55-56, “55  Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? And his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56  And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in Him.”

Matt 22:44-45, “44  The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 45  If David then call him Lord, how is he his Son?”

Luke 1:26-56, “26  And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27  To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34  Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36  And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37  For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38  And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. 39  And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; 40  And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. 41  And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42  And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43  And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44  For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45  And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. 46  And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47  And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48  For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49  For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 50  And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 51  He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52  He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 53  He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 54  He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 55  As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. 56  And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.”

Luke 2:1-21, “1  And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5  To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15  And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16  And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17  And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18  And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19  But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. 21  And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”

Luke 24:39, “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”

John 1:1-5,14, “1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2  The same was in the beginning with God. 3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” “14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

John 7:42, “Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?”

John 20:27, “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.”

Acts 2:30, “Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;”

Acts 3:22, “For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.”

Acts 13:23, “Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Savior Jesus.”

Rom 1:3, “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;”

Rom 8:3, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:”

Rom 9:5, “Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.” (Ro 9:5 AV)

1Cor 15:47, “The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.”

2Cor 5:16, “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.”

Gal 3:16, “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy Seed, which is Christ.”

Gal 4:4-5, “4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

Phil 2:7-8, “7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

Col 1:15, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:”

1Tim 3:16, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

Heb 1:3,6, “3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” “6  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.”

Heb 2:9,14,16-18, “9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” “14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;” “16  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”

Heb 7:14, “For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.”

Heb 10:5, “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:”

1John 1:1-3, “1  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 3  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”

1John 4:2-3, “2  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

2John 7, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.”

Rev 22:16, “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”

#3.      Conclusion (Luke 1:5,36)

The incarnation of God the Son into the man Christ Jesus is wondrous work of God, and it is celebrated in heaven and earth. Should we be against this celebration because the world has made it a mockery? Why should the sin of the world affect our joy? This is not the only thing that the world has turned into a mockery. Practically everything in the Christian religion the world has ridiculed it and made it a mockery. Why should their sin affect us in our devotions? It is their sin. They will be held accountable for their own sins. We will not be accountable for their corruptions of our religion.

But, you say, we have the date wrong. It should not have been set at Dec 25, but somewhere in October. Well we can see this now from Luke 1:5, but this information was not always available.  

Luke 1:5, “There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.”

Let us figure out what this means. If Zacharias served in the course of Abia, which is the 8th course, which is the second half of the fourth month, then we can conclude that Zacharias saw the angel Gabriel in the second half of the fourth month. After his tour of duty Zacharias hurried home. When did his wife Elisabeth conceive? It was in the second half of the fourth month, for God does not waste any time. When did Mary conceive? It was six months later according to Luke 1:36, and thus it was in the second half of the tenth month. When was the Lord Jesus born? Nine months later was the second half of the19th month, which translates into the second half of the seventh month the following year. What was so special about the seventh month? On the first day of the month was the Feast of Trumpets. On the tenth day of the month was the Day of Atonement. On the fifteenth day of the month till the 22nd day of the month was the Feast of Tabernacles. Moreover, in the second half of the 7th month the Lord Jesus was born, and all the angels of heaven rejoiced as they appeared unto the shepherds abiding in the field. And thus we see that at the birth of Christ both heaven and earth rejoiced. There was a great feast in heaven and there was a great feast on the earth, for the Savior was born. But when did the incarnation take place? When did God the Son take up the body of the man-Christ Jesus? Was it at His conception in the womb of Mary, or was it at the time He was born? It was at His conception that we must believe the incarnation took place. But it was at His birth nine months later that the angels of heaven rejoiced. This tells us that if we want to join the celebration with the angels we must celebrate His birth sometime in October. However we need to keep two things in focus: These finer calculations of the timing of the Lord’s birth were not available in the beginning of the church age, for even the year of His birth was wrong; Herod the Great, who murdered the babies in Bethlehem, died in 4BC. Secondly, since God did not give us the precise date, is it a sin to celebrate Christ’s birthday not exactly on His birthday? If we are going to fix a date in October, we are going to find out that this also is a wrong date. Moreover, we do not read anywhere that this is a sinful activity. And so, let us not join the Judaizers, but let us rejoice and do not permit anyone to take our joy away from us. What the heathen want to do with Christmas is their responsibility, but we will serve the Lord.

AMEN.